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Revisiting the Classics: THE MYSTERIOUS DOCTOR

Terrible title for an otherwise nifty little mystery. Released in 1943 and directed by Benjamin Stoloff, who directed a ton of movies, none of which you’ve probably ever heard of, and starring a cast of, for the most part, unknowns (they are by today’s standards if they weren’t back then), and with a modest budget…

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Pour One Out For Ya!

I expect it goes back as far as human history, and by that I mean well into prehistory, when humans were as much animals still as they were “civilized.” I’m speaking of the belief that the dead, after death, still require sustenance. Better to feed them and give them drink, lest they become angry and…

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TV Review: Travel Channel’s LEGEND HUNTER: Lizzie Borden

I should begin by explaining why I am remotely qualified to offer commentary on this subject. I did a lot of research on the Lizzie Borden case—a LOT of research—when I was writing my original play BLOODLESS: THE LIZZIE BORDEN MYSTERY. Ever since, I cringe when I see some of the patently absurd theories and…

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Vampire Viagra

Don’t let the admittedly flippant titling of this article fool you. I’m not making light of the problem afflicting 33-year-old Jimmy Croxton. Primarily because this is a case of, “there, but for the grace of God, go I.” Croxton is diabetic, and the condition caused nerve damage, called neuropathy, which left him with erectile dysfunction….

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Is VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE “Cultural Appropriation” of Vampires?

Lort. Some of the things you see on social media. Yes, I actually saw someone arguing this point. Folks, I’m all about individual liberties. I will always stand in defense of personal freedoms. As long as you aren’t harming anyone or infringing on someone else’s rights, abusing an animal or the environment, or damaging public…

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A Vampire Primer

In a world of kids who were introduced to Horror fiction by TWILIGHT, I suppose this is necessary. A game effort to help those people grow their minds and increase their acculturation, become more learned and better-rounded, broaden their horizons. It’s a list of vampire books that, they maintain, everyone should read. A gallant effort,…

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Are You Ready For THE PASSAGE?

The show debuts on Fox on Monday, January 14th. I’m a bit concerned that it’s on Fox and not on a cable network. The ratings that a show has to garner when airing on one of the broadcast networks, the bar which it must overleap is set so high, that the odds are stacked against…

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Ed Wood and the Mafia

My thanks to Ed Wood scholar Greg Dziawer for providing the breadcrumbs I followed for this article. We all know that Ed Wood, the “Worst Director of All Time!”, the writer/producer/director/creator of PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, the “Worst Movie Ever Made!”, was a friend of Bela Lugosi, and vice versa, while at the same…

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Angelique’s Cookies

Would you dare to eat one? Actress and author Lara Parker recently posted on social media some photographs of gingerbread cookies she had made. Parker is, as all self-respecting vampire fans ought to know, most famous for her portrayal of Angelique, the sultry and selfish witch from DARK SHADOWS during the show’s original run (1966-1971)…

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How Do You Like *Your* Zombie?

When it comes to zombies, there are three varieties, and of these three we can attribute their existence to one of two common origins. The three types of zombies are as follows: TYPE ONE: The real-world zombies. These are living human beings, brain-damaged, the kind like Clarvius Narcisse, the kind investigated by botanist Wade Davis,…

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Aquaman and Dark Shadows

Okay, I got scooped. I admit it. I didn’t catch it with my first viewing of AQUAMAN. Others did, and they went ahead and posted about it. I’m not going to let that stop me, because I perhaps have something to contribute that those others do not; insomuch as I have seen, no one else…

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Dracula’s Bleak Midwinter

Christina Rossetti wrote the poem “A Christmas Carol”, aka “In the Bleak Midwinter”, in 1872. It was set to music in the early 20th Century, at which point it became a popular Christmas song. Though its popularity has waned in the decades since, you still hear it on occasion. Here are the lines/lyrics: “In the…

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